- FROM THE FARMERS
One question I am asked at least once every market is, “When are you going to have sweet corn?” My usual answer is that I don’t know, because making predictions about all things farm is risky business. Mostly, it’s simply hard to guess how quickly things will ripen, but lately the “I don’t know” reply can be better interpreted as “we might not have any…”
Lothar first started selling corn at the Berea Farmers Market in the early 80’s, and I took my first crop of corn to the market 17 years ago. Although corn is the least profitable crop we grow on the farm, we enjoy growing it because we feel like we know what we are doing, and everyone loves eating corn. It’s not without it’s difficulties. Sweet corn is a challenge to germinate because the high sugar content of the seed means it will rot quickly if the soil is not warm enough. Conventional wisdom is to treat the seed with fungicides and pesticides, which enhance germination to get the crop off to a good start. When we made to switch to untreated seed four years ago, we exposed ourselves to a lot of potential problems. The first year, the stars were aligned and we had our best sweet corn year to date, and then the problems started. Germination has been our main challenge, and after four failed plantings this spring, we tried our hand at transplanting sweet corn. This dramatically increases the expense of growing the least profitable crop on the farm, but we’re happy our CSA members will have the rare opportunity to eat some Certified Organic sweet corn!
WEEK #17 CSA SHARE CONTENTS
ALL OUR PRODUCE IS NOW CERTIFIED ORGANIC!
- SWEET CORN
- BELL PEPPER
- SNAP BEANS
- CHERRY TOMATOES
- FINGERLING POTATOES
- BABY SQUASH
INTERESTED IN CANNING TOMATOES? GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN. GIVE US A CALL AT 859-661-1501 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
FARM NOTES & EVENTS
FIND US AT THE LFUCG GOVERNMENT CENTER 3:30-5:00 PM
- TUESDAY – BEREA FARMERS MARKET, 3:30-6:30 PM
- THURSDAY – MADISON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET, 10:00-1:00 PM @ EKU
- SATURDAY – BEREA FARMERS MARKET, 9:00-12:00 PM
- SATURDAY – LEXINGTON FARMERS MARKET, 7:00-12:00 PM